Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.88 / 4.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Does the institution coordinate one or more ongoing student, peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
10,544 #

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Presidents Environmental Sustainability Committee, Student Working Group

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
6,298 #

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

Presidents Environmental Sustainability Committee (PESC), Student sub-committee is focused on engaging the Villanova students population regarding campus sustainability efforts. Students work to draw attention to campus, local, national, and global sustainability issues via projects such as: designing boards for residential assistants on CSA benefits and opportunities; developing and conducting campus sustainability tours; coordinating a Earth Day service trip; developing a bike share program targeted at students who live off campus; and starting a Villanova Sustainability Facebook page. Members of PESC Student subcommittee also lead other campus sustainability clubs such as Citizens Climate Lobby, Just Food, Community Garden, and Villanova Environmental Group.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (1st program):

Students apply to serve on the Committee and existing Committee members select new members from among the applicants with support from faculty and staff. The application process starts in the middle of the Spring semester.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

Before the fall semester starts, Students in the program are required to attend a three day training, unless the student is required to report to other training such as RA, Orientation or sports. One day of training is spent on team building, leadership training, and updates on coming years activities. Day two is spent working the orientation caravel, helping to share information on campus sustainability efforts with incoming freshman. Day three is an educational trip off campus to learn about sustainability efforts in the surrounding area.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

Steven Goldsmith, a faculty member at Villanova, volunteers as the Student Sub-Committee faculty adviser; several other faculty members of PESC provide support as-needed. The sustainability manager provides financial support when needed.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Athletic EcoReps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1,300 #

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

Athletic EcoReps work with their respective teams to make athletics more sustainable. To do this the students come up with new programming and marketing ideas to spread the word and encourage action. Past programs include supporting the instillation of two new hydration stations in athletic facilities to encourage the use of reusable water bottles. Additionally, a dozen new recycling bins will be placed in athletic locker rooms along with new signage to encourage more recycling. Future projects include zero waste events and recycling photo competition.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):

Students involved in varsity or club sports are eligible to apply to be an Athletic EcoRep. Applications are available in spring semester. The sustainability manger, who advises the EcoReps, chooses from the list of applicants.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Athletic EcoReps do not have their own separate training as of right now, they are invited to join the PESC student training in the Fall. The group is only a year old and has not yet gained funding to host a training session.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Funding for Athletic EcoRep programs is pulled from three main areas: the sustainability office, Recycling and Athletics. It is provided on a per need basis.


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Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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